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The Newsletter by the Jazz Education Network Research Interest Group (JENRing)

Monika Herzig

Welcome to the December edition of JENRing News. We’ve been off to a great start with lots of enthusiastic feedback on this new information and networking tool. Please feel free to pass it on and invite colleagues to join the mailing list and/or Facebook page. A few changes and new items - all the job listings will be compiled here on the JEN website and continuously updated - stop by often. We added a new publications feature, if you have new books/ articles/ dissertations published, send me the info to be included in the newsletter. Also send over ideas on how JENRing can help you in your jazz research and networking. Items of interest related to jazz research may also be shared on the Facebook group.


Enjoy and see you in Louisville!

Monika Herzig
JEN Secretary, JENRing committee
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Science Explains. . .Why Dancing Is the Fast Way to Make Yourself Happier: Dancing is fundamental to being human. We know this because there is no wallflower culture, no part of the world where rhythm is ignored. We also know this because we tap our toes to songs we hate. We can’t help it. Our subcortical brain regions converse, bypass higher auditory areas, and make us shimmy to “Happy” whether we respect Pharrell’s whole deal or not. This article discusses the research behind our natural inclination as humans to dance.

Cultivating Individual Musicianship and Ensemble Performance Through Notation-Free Learning:” This dissertation by Barry C. Hartz documents his observations in three high schools seeking to explore the implementation, challenges, and effects of notation-free learning. The author asserts that “fundamentals of ensemble performance can be effectively developed without notation in concert bands and that students experienced notation-free learning as more mentally engaging than learning from notation.”


Scholars Discuss Gender & Identity in Jazz at Frankfurt Conference: At the recent conference held by Jazzinstitut Darmstadt, the topic for discussion was “Gender and Identity in Jazz.” Eighteen presenters from Germany, Great Britain and the United States delivered carefully researched papers, most in English. All papers from the conference are to be published in a book next year by Jazzinstitut Darmstadt. Pictured here: Jazzinstitut Darmstadt Director Wolfram Knauer (left) and University of Kansas professor Sherrie Tucker at the Darmstädter Jazzforum in Darmstadt, Germany, on October 3rd, 2015 (Photo: Wilfried Heckmann).


Miles Ahead: The debut film from director Don Cheadle explores the personal and professional life of Miles Davis. In an interview, Cheadle said: “I want to tell a hot story that’s full of his music that feels impressionistic in that it finds a way to incorporate all his musical styles and influences and ideas. It needs to feel like his approach: ‘I don’t care about what happened before. I’m about what’s happening now and about what’s happening next.’ That’s Miles’ marching orders to me.”

Research Survey: Follow the link to take a survey created by a member of the University of New Mexico who is interested in how musicians share recordings of their performances, and how they communicate specific passages within these performances. If you are a performing musician, please consider taking the survey at the above link. Email any questions to

Congratulations to the 2016 NEA Jazz Masters honorees: The National Endowment for the Arts has announced its 2016 NEA Jazz Masters honorees. They include three musicians—vibraphonist Gary Burton, saxophonist Pharoah Sanders and saxophonist Archie Shepp—and an advocate, Wendy Oxenhorn, executive director and vice chairman of the Jazz Foundation of America.

Streaming Reaches Flood Stage: Does Spotify Stimulate or Depress Music Sales? Streaming music services have exploded in popularity in the past few years, variously raising optimism and concern about their impacts on recorded music revenue. This team’s analysis shows that interactive streaming appears to be revenue-neutral for the recorded music industry.
Register now for the 2016 Jazz Education Network Conference, January 6-9 in Louisville, KY. The online registration is open and ends December 15. In addition to three days of clinics, performances, and research presentation, the 2016 conference also features a Music Business Symposium on January 6. 



International Society for Improvised Music 9th Festival and Conference: The International Society for Improvised Music (ISIM) is happy to announce that its 2016 event will take place in Waterloo and Toronto, Ontario, Canada, hosted by Wilfrid Laurier University May 12th-15th, 2016. Proposals are invited and are due December 15th, 2015. More information on the website, linked above.



Call for Proposals, Association for Popular Music Education 2016 Conference: The Association for Popular Music Education (APME) will host its 2016 Conference, "Make it Pop! Advancing Everyone's Music", at Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA, June 1st-4th, 2016. The deadline for proposal submissions is December 15th, 2015.


Conference, “Miles Davis and John Coltrane at 90: Retrospect and Prospect:” this three-day conference will be hosted by the University of Surrey through October 21st-23rd, 2016. The conference committee invites proposals for scholarly, research-led contributions in the form of papers, panels of papers, papers with supporting performance elements, or presentations of creative practice, performance, and compositional research. Contributions should investigate the music, history, legacy, cultural significance and wider socio-political, artistic and intellectual contexts of these two giants of jazz. Proposals should be submitted by e-mail to Jeremy Barham no later than January 29th, 2016.


Thirteenth International Research Symposium on Talent Education: The symposium will be held in the Minneapolis Hilton Conference Center in Minnesota on May 26th and 27th, 2016. The conference committee has released a call for research papers, posters, and graduate projects at any stage of development on topics relevant to Suzuki Education. Submission are due by January 31st, 2016. Follow the above link for more information.


Call for Research, Tennessee Music Education Association: The Tennessee Music Education Association (TMEA) Research Chair announces a call for research presentations at the TMEA Annual In-Service Conference to be held in Nashville, TN, April 13th-16th, 2016, at Opryland. Research exemplifying qualitative, quantitative, philosophical and historical methodologies will be considered.  Submissions of “Graduate Research” and “Action Research” completed by music educators in classrooms/rehearsal halls are also encouraged. Send submissions to Dr. William R. Lee, TMEA Research Chair, at with the subject heading "TMEA Research Submission." In the body of the e-mail, indicate if the research is in-progress or complete; the researcher's name, institutional affiliation, telephone number, and preferred e-mail address; if the researcher is an undergraduate, masters, doctoral student, or faculty member (independent scholars are welcome); and type of proposal being submitted (Option 1: Poster Only; Option 2: Poster and Presentation). All submissions must be received by midnight, March 1st, 2016.


Epistrophy: Jazz and Modernity: This issue of La revue de jazz (the jazz journal) features articles exploring the theme of Jazz and Modernity. The above links to a listing of the featured articles. The page is mostly in French, but English translations of the articles can be found underneath the original versions in French.


An Examination of a Competition Set: Together, this collection of files for Kelli L. Swehla’s dissertation provide comprehensive documentation and analysis of the process of preparing a jazz band for competition. It includes score analyses, histories, and rehearsal plans for each of the four performance pieces. The report can be found here.


Ben Bierman, Listening To Jazz: Listening to Jazz offers an engaging introduction to the rich history and culture of jazz. Featuring coverage of all standard periods and genres, this text helps students understand how jazz evolved and how its various styles intersect and blend. A wealth of innovative features, including a series of sidebars, in-depth listening guides, the incorporation of Spanish-Caribbean and women musicians, and historic introductions enhance students' appreciation for this powerful and important genre of music.


Frank Büchmann-Møller & Kjeld Frandsen: Svend Asmussen: hundrede år for fuld musik. (One Hundred Years in Style): To fill a hundred years is in itself an achievement, and Svend Asmussen is one of the greatest Danish jazz musicians ever. The book is a story in words and pictures, but provides a musical and cultural depiction of a century. The book and website is in Danish. An english translation is not yet available.


Dorottya Fabian, Renee Timmers, and Emery Schubert (eds.): Expressiveness in Music Performance: What does it mean to be expressive in music performance across diverse historical and cultural domains? What are the means at the disposal of a performer in various time periods and musical practice conventions? What are the conceptualisations of expression and the roles of performers that shape expressive performance? This book brings together research from a range of disciplines that use diverse methodologies to provide new perspectives and formulate answers to these questions about the meaning, means, and contextualisation of expressive performance in music. (Includes chapter on jazz by William R. Bauer)


Ed Green (ed.): The Cambridge Companion to Duke Ellington: Duke Ellington is widely held to be the greatest jazz composer and one of the most significant cultural icons of the twentieth century. This comprehensive and accessible Companion is the first collection of essays to survey, in depth, Ellington's career, music, and place in popular culture. An international cast of authors includes renowned scholars, critics, composers, and jazz musicians.


Carlos Santana with Ashley Kahn and Hal Miller: The Universal Tone: Bringing My Story to Light: In 1967 in San Francisco, just a few weeks after the Summer of Love, a young Mexican guitarist took the stage at the Fillmore Auditorium and played a blistering solo that announced the arrival of a prodigious musical talent. Two years later -- after he played a historic set at Woodstock -- the world came to know the name Carlos Santana, his sensual and instantly recognizable guitar sound, and the legendary band that blended electric blues, psychedelic rock, Latin rhythms, and modern jazz, and that still bears his name.


Wolfram Knauer (ed.): Jazz Debates/Jazzdebatten: Debates in jazz history are aesthetic marks which reflect discourses about the directions the music might take. In September 2013 experts from Europe and the USA met at the Darmstadt Jazzforum to discuss how such debates inform the perception of jazz to this day. The essays in this book focus on the effects of jazz debates on the aesthetic opinion. English and German versions are available.


Victor Svorinich: Listen To This: Miles Davis And Bitches Brew: Listen to This stands out as the first book exclusively dedicated to Davis's watershed 1969 album, Bitches Brew. Victor Svorinich traces its incarnations and inspirations for ten-plus years before its release.


John Szwed: Billie Holiday: The Musician And The Myth: Drawing on a vast amount of new material that has surfaced in the last decade, critically acclaimed jazz writer John Szwed considers how Billie Holliday’s life inflected her art, her influences, her uncanny voice and rhythmic genius, a number of her signature songs, and her legacy.
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